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Exploit the Jets, Packers and Dolphins Defenses for Week 6

George Kurtz October 12, 2017 9:16PM EDT

  • New York Jets: Chris Hogan has become a must-start and a borderline WR1. It’s still a guessing game as far as the running game is concerned, though, and I’d still prefer not to play that game with Bill Belichick.
  • Green Bay Packers: It seems likely that Case Keenum will start at QB after Sam Bradford proved Monday that he isn’t over his bruised knee. Keenum could make a good bye week replacement for Dak Prescott or Russell Wilson. The running game is curious as well. Latavius Murray was supposed to be the starter for Dalvin Cook (ACL) but it ended up being Jerick McKinnon who stole the show. We have seen this kind of performance from McKinnon before only to see him flame out very quickly. They both have value against a poor Packers defense. Stefon Diggs is dealing with a groin injury and isn’t practicing but if he starts for Minnesota, he starts for me.


    Chris Hogan has become a must-start wide receiver. AP Photo/Jason Behnken

  • Miami Dolphins: The Falcons were beat up at WR before the bye. Julio Jones is back but Mohamed Sanu is out. Tyler Gabriel could be a sneaky upside play for those looking for a WR and Austin Hooper could be a replacement for those owners who lost Charles Clay.
  • New Orleans Saints: Matthew Stafford is dealing with several injuries but will be good to go here and that means Marvin Jones is a possible flex play. Ameer Abdullah is also a start at RB for me albeit with limited upside.
  • Detroit Lions: Willie Snead has recovered from his hamstring injury and in that dome, is a play for me. Now that Adrian Peterson is gone, I’m much more inclined to use Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Let’s hope the bye week solved the problems with the Redskins’ passing game. Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor are both in my starting lineup. Rob Kelley is likely out for this game, which leaves Samaje Perine as a possible flex play at RB.
  • Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson has become a must start at QB and he has brought DeAndre Hopkins back to WR1 category. Will Fuller is also a WR3.
  • Carolina Panthers: You were likely starting him anyway but Alshon Jeffrey should have a better game Thursday now that Patrick Peterson won’t be opposite him. Carson Wentz is a must-start here also. Wendell Smallwood seems unlikely to play but unless you’re deeper at RB than most, LeGarrette Blount is likely to be in your lineup. Nelson Agholor could be in play also depending upon what else you have.
  • Indianapolis Colts: How much I will like the Titans’ WR group all depends on the status of Marcus Mariota. If he starts, then so does Rishard Matthews.
  • Chicago Bears: Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin are both in play here but as no better than a WR3 or flex play. The running game is a dartboard throw also. I want to start Javorius Allen in a PPR and Alex Collins in a STD but neither has much upside.
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Derek Carr should be back behind center here but anyone besides Michael Crabtee is risky. Amari Cooper has been an enigma all season and I’m only starting Marshawn Lynch if I have to.
  • Minnesota Vikings: Jordy Nelson is once again practicing and I know he has left a couple of games early, but I have to start him. I won’t expect big things as he will likely be covered by Xavier Rhodes. Aaron Jones looked great versus Dallas last week but with Ty Montgomery back, this is likely to be some kind of time share.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Peterson has more value in Arizona since he won’t have to fight for touches but the OL is still average at best. He’s no better than a low end RB2. It’s impossible to trust anyone in the WR corps outside of Larry Fitzgerald but Jaron or John Brown could be flex plays depending upon your roster construction.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Smith is a Top 10 Fantasy QB. The world is officially ending. Travis Kelce (concussion) is practicing and likely to play.
  • Washington Redskins: Brian Hoyer is another bye week filler at QB as Washington won’t have top CB Josh Norman in this game. Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida are in a timeshare at RB as Kyle Shanahan just doesn’t seem to like Hyde for whatever reason.
  • Oakland Raiders: Hopefully, the Chargers are now ready to make Hunter Henry more of focal point of the passing game. I still have my doubts but I’m willing to roll with him once again. I know rookie Mike Williams is expected to debut here, but I’m still not starting him.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: If you look at Carolina’s schedule, it’s hard to see Cam Newton not become a Top 10 Fantasy QB the rest of the way and that also speaks to the value of Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin. It was Ed Dickson day last Sunday and he could be your replacement for Charles Clay but it may be time to move on from Jonathan Stewart.
  • Arizona Cardinals: You have to start Mike Evans but he will likely be blanketed by Patrick Peterson, so keep your expectations in check. Doug Martin looked great in his return from suspension last week and is a must-start. Cameron Brate is a low end TE1 here.
  • New England Patriots: The running game for the Jets is in flux as Matt Forte (toe) and Bilal Powell (calf) are both questionable to play, which could leave the starting job to Elijah McGuire. The Pats defense is vulnerable, which will put McGuire and WRs Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse in play. Even QB Josh McCown could be a go here in deeper leagues.
  • New York Giants: The Broncos can play this one close to the vest and still beat the Giants. They don’t have to worry about throwing the ball around the field. I’m not starting Trevor Siemian but all of the other normal starts go.
  • Tennessee Titans: Marlon Mack will be a hot pick up this week as he is pushing Frank Gore for playing time. Jacoby Brissett may have a limited upside but is still not a bad start here.
  • Kansas City Chiefs: It’s pretty simple here, the Steelers are on the road, so only Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown
  • Houston Texans: Duke Johnson or bust her, as I’m about done with Isiah Crowell.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: I’m not seeing much offense in this game on either side. You have to start Todd Gurley, but that’s it for me.
  • Atlanta Falcons: Jay Cutler is a mess, DeVante Parker has a bad ankle, they can’t run the ball, and are in the middle of a scandal involving their OL coach. I’m not exactly dying to put anyone on this team in my starting lineup with the possible exception of Jarvis Landry. Yeah, Jay Ajayi probably has to start also. Yippee.
  • Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen are in play here but that is all.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Remember what I said about the Rams and Gurley in this game? The same holds true for Jacksonville and Leonard Fournette.
  • Denver Broncos: Good luck starting any Giants here. They are playing what may be the best defense in the NFL, don’t have any WRs or much of a running game, and the Broncos are coming off a bye.
  • As always feel free to follow me on Twitter and ask any questions you, @georgekurtz.

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